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Why PHP is a good choice for web development

PHP is the most widely used web programming language in the world. 80% of websites use PHP. However, we hear a lot on the internet that PHP is just a bad programming language. But, it isn’t true. I have explained here why PHP is a good choice for web development.

Why PHP is best for web development?

PHP is a programming language as revolutionary as it is simple. It is not the most modern, but, years after its birth, it continues to enjoy great popularity. According to the latest data reported by w3techs, PHP is used by 78% of sites, including the well-known Facebook, WordPress, and Wikipedia.

What makes PHP the best option for web development in 2021?

A common choice in today’s web world is to use PHP programming. PHP is the multipurpose scripting language that is especially suited for web page development. What makes PHP the best option for web development in 2021? Its clarity in design, well-organized modules, and better technology maintenance make it the most popular language in today’s industry. Its popularity and credibility may be related to the fact that reputable organizations such as Harvard University or the social network Facebook are based on PHP. This is possible because PHP sites can be easily maintained, improved, and updated from time to time.

Viruses in PHP Webquest?

Lately, we are receiving many communications from users of the NOD 32 virus who tell us that said antivirus detects a supposed virus in PHP Webquest. On the one hand, we are pleased to see that so many users are not only using the program, but also installing it on their servers, but on the other, we are concerned that they may think that we have put software into circulation on the Internet without being fully convinced that the security of its users is guaranteed. In this regard, we mean that:

A Beginner’s Guide to Learning PHP

PHP is a server-side programming language used on the Internet to create dynamic web pages. It is often combined with MySQL, a relational database server that can store the information and variables that PHP files can use. Together they can create everything from the simplest website to a complete business website, an interactive web forum, or even an online role-playing game.

Obsolescence problems and their resolution (momentary)

As many of you already know, it costs us a lot of work and some money to keep this site open, but we do it with pleasure because we believe that many users benefit from it and it is worth it to us. However, we do not have the time or resources to evolve the program, so we cannot carry out a necessary renovation of the database structure and an adaptation of the program code to the latest versions of the programming language in the which is based (PHP).

As a consequence of the above, we periodically have to change databases, which means that the WebQuests stored in the previous database are lost. In this case, to avoid this loss, we have arranged a new installation, in which the WebQuests that had been created continue to function, and the users already registered. However, new activities cannot be created at the following URL.

To create new activities, you have to use the link “Use PHPWebquest” in the block on the right, create a new user and proceed as usual. We hope that this compromise solution can be of use to you and we apologize for the inconvenience this mess may have caused you.

Greek language and future developments

We recently had the good fortune to come into contact with a Greek developer, Panagiotis Tsiotakis, who has translated PHP Webquest into the Greek language. We have added that language to the international version of PHP Webquest, bringing the number of languages ​​currently available to 11.

Panagiotis also has other projects in its portfolio related to the development of our program:

  • Add a tab for teachers visiting a webquest
  • Separate the Process and Resources tabs
  • Modify the style sheets and add some new ones

We thank Panagiotis for his work and encourage any other developer who wants to participate in the project to join him, in the assurance that his work will be very useful for the thousands of students and teachers around the world who use this program at diary.

Administrators: How to restore the Database

As you know, one of the options available to the administrator of a PHP Webquest installation is to make a backup copy of the database, which is highly recommended for obvious reasons of precaution and security. However, the restoration of this backup is not done through the administrator interface, but through PHPMyAdmin, and although it is not a difficult process, it is not the obvious one either.

Given this, a Mexican user, Jorge Álvarez , has made a wonderful interactive tutorial in which he explains in detail how to carry out the restoration of the database if unfortunately, the time comes when this task must be undertaken. He has done it with Wink, a little gem of free software, so we are especially happy with this tutorial, which demonstrates once again that you can perform professional-level tasks with free software tools. Thank you very much for your contribution, Jorge:-)

Authentication error (2)

A user of the program, José Carlos Galán, has detected and communicated to us a possible cause for the authentication error. It is that in the new user registration form, the password field only allowed 10 characters. It is possible that some users have created their account with a password of more than 10 characters and of course, when wanting to use it the system has not allowed it, since in the database the password had only 10 characters.

When programming the application, it did not occur to us to think that some user might want to use passwords longer than 10 characters, but it has indeed been shown that this is possible, so we have modified both the data entry form and the field of the database. From now on they support passwords of up to 25 characters – we imagine that will be enough – and there should be no more authentication problems.

Thank you very much for the help, José Carlos :-).